Programs

Summer Orientation Program

The Summer Orientation Program (SOP) is a month long training program for adult Montanans who have recently experienced vision loss. It offers an introduction to those skills and strategies, which make it possible for those new to blindness to remain active and independent. It is held each summer at Carroll College in Helena, Montana.

Memorial Loan Fund

Interest-free loans are provided to legally blind members of the MAB to purchase technology necessary to maintain independence and productivity.

The Elder Blind Equipment Program

This program helps legally blind Montanans age 55 and older to obtain equipment necessary to maintain independence. Monthly payments are negotiated, and contingent on the ability of the purchaser to pay. If a purchaser becomes unable to use the equipment, it can be returned to the program with no further financial obligation. It will then be available to a new purchaser. For more information, contact program manager Ted Robbins at (406) 453-6678 or ecrobbins517@gmail.com

The Emil A. Honka Memorial Scholarship

The MAB awards this scholarship annually to blind Montana college students. Awards are given each year at the MAB's annual convention. For application, contact the MAB office.

The Leila Proctor Braille Scholarship for Educators

This scholarship is designed to assist educators to acquire the necessary training in Braille to adequately teach blind students in their local schools. For application, contact the MAB office.

NFB Newsline

The MAB sponsors NFB newsline, giving blind Montanans easy access to 5 Montana daily newspapers and 40 magazines anytime with telephone, computer or on a Daisy book player. Over 300 US newspapers are available. Contact the Talking Book Library at (800) 332-3400 or visit the NFB Newsline web site at www.nfbnewsline.org

Annual Convention

Each year the MAB holds its annual convention and business meeting. At the convention, we discuss issues important to the blind of the state, preview the newest technology and more. The 2014 convention will be held in Great Falls.

For more information about any of these programs, contact the MAB office